4 5 AUG. / SEPT. 2017 Opening Lines W ith new developments in tourism and hospitality on the immediate horizon, the Turks and Caicos brand and its people’s spirit remains resilient and strong de- spite recent challenges. The sustained com- mitment of the Ritz Carlton to become a stakeholder of Brand TCI demonstrates un- wavering confidence in the destination’s appeal to their luxury clientele, and the way is being cleared for imminent construction. The Ministry of Tour- ism is also proud to announce that many other global brands including Six Senses, have formally expressed interest and/or have submitted proposals to the Turks and Caicos Islands government for consideration. On completion of successful negotiations and introduction of these global players to the destination, the Turks and Caicos Islands will become an even more admired regional and international player in the tourism sector. These recent expres- sions of interest are cause for much optimism for the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Minis- try of Tourism, and the government as a whole, are working tirelessly to bring these proposals to fruition. Optimistic about the new developments, Ralph Higgs,Minister of Tourism, said,“We are confident that the goodwill we have built with our many stakeholders and visitors in providing a safe and welcoming environment, as well as exceptional experiences,will assure our continued popularity and success.” TURKS AND CAICOS TOURISM REMAINS RESILIENT